Human error blamed for melted steel accident that injured 13

By N.Long - Nguyen Mi, Thanh Nien News

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One of 13 workers who were burned in an explosion at a steel factory in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau on April 14
Police said human error caused a crucible containing some 150 tons of molten steel to spill, setting off an explosion at a factory in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau last Friday. 
Workers operating a massive crucible at the Pomina 3 Steel Factory in Phu My Industrial Zone, Tan Thanh District were late to close its lid, according to police.
The 1,600 degree molten steel exploded on impact with the cool floor, injuring 13 workers standing some 10 meters away, they said.

In the meantime, one of the ten victims transferred to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for further treatment remains in critical condition, Dr. Tran Doan Dao, chief of the hospital’s burn center, told Thanh Nien.

Three others who were heavily burned had stabilized by Monday, while two others with less severe burns were released.

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